Today is the one year anniversary of the day ,Richard Russell passed from this life and entered immortality as “Sky King”. Skyking was just a normal working slub like every one else that decided he’d had enough. Richard had let the world grind him down mentally. He didn’t lash out like some maniac and start taking people with him. Nay, he went out the way he wanted, fulfilling his dream of flying a plane.
He ganked an aircraft right off the runway and took to the skies. In the process of flying around and giving us some unforgettable audio,he enjoyed himself in his last minutes.
I know his actions caused major property damage to the airline in losing the plane. I know people come down on both sides of this. He could have killed people since he had no pilots license. But he didn’t. I can’t help but admire the guy a little and regret such a ballsy dude is gone. What would the world be like without characters like this in it? Not one I would want to live in. It’s a shame Sky King is gone, but he achieved the peace he wanted, didn’t hurt anyone and when he decided to nose down and call it a night ,became a legend.
Before anyone gets their panties in a twist, I’m not advocating anyone do this or making Rich into a role model. The story did fascinate me at the time and still does.